Kristen Schwartz, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kristen Schwartz is a board-certified physician assistant with
a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Psychiatry. Raised in St. Petersburg, FL, she earned her Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. After graduation, Kristen worked in ophthalmology until pursuing her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her dedication to working in psychiatry solidified while on rotations and she started her career in outpatient psychiatry shortly after graduation. Kristen strives to provide empathetic and evidence-based care to all her patients. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with family and her 2 cats, Apricot and Ernie. Kristen provides amazing patient care and goes above and beyond for every patient. Read more to learn about Kristen Schwartz.

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What is your mental health treatment philosophy & approach?

My approach to treatment embodies a commitment to compassionate and evidence-based care for all patients. Advocating passionately for her patients, Kristen collaborates closely with multidisciplinary teams to ensure a holistic and comprehensive treatment experience. Her dedication lies in supporting individuals along their mental health journey in a judgment-free and empathetic environment. Kristen aspires to foster a space where patients can not only overcome challenges but also flourish, enabling them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.


  • Traveling, walking the beach, spending time with family, spending time with my cats 🙂


Kristen Schwartz is the best thing that’s happened to me this year. She found a medication that helps boost my motivation and energy, things that have been missing in my life for several years. Also, my anxiety is less of an issue than before.
Madison J
After years of going to baycare behavioral health where I had 3 psychiatrists leave to go elsewhere, where the wait time for an appointments were booking 2-3 months wait time to be seen and I felt like just another number… changing to this practice under the care of Kristen Shwartz, PA, I am so happy to state that I feel heard, cared for and so comfortable here. I’ve only had one appointment, but I am so thrilled to have found them! Quick and effortless appointments! The provider went out of her way to accommodate me and change meds when I had an unfortunate adverse reaction to one of the new medications! Happy to have found this practice and hopefully I continue to enjoy being a patient here because the care I have received is absolutely top notch 5/5 stars! Very refreshing to find providers whom take such good care of their patients these days! I truly feel as though I am not just another number or patient for the first time in many years. Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart. From the front desk to the provider, everyone was so kind and accommodating! Best regards, Madison J
Beth T
Very warm and listen to you.
Dominic W
Very professional and attentive to patient needs.
Excellent and effective with great staff
Emily S
Kristen is very helpful and a good listener
Charlotte G.
Kristen Schwartz is a very caring and compassionate women. From my first telehealth appt with her I knew that I have found that Kristen was really listening to me when I was speaking and to find a Dr. like this is very hard to find in today’s chaotic world. Blessed to have found her.
I feel very comfortable when talking with Kristen.

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  • A Physician Assistant (PA) is a highly trained healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a physician to provide medical care. Similar to Physicians, PAs can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, and assist in patient management. In psychiatry, PAs play a key role in diagnosing mental health conditions, managing treatment plans, and prescribing medications. Their extensive training and collaborative approach with physicians ensure reliable, comprehensive care for patients.

  • Yes, Physician Assistants (PAs) can prescribe medication and diagnose illnesses, including in the field of psychiatry. Their education and training include extensive coursework and clinical rotations in various medical fields, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for diagnosing a wide range of health conditions. Overall, PAs play a vital role in healthcare teams, working collaboratively with physicians to provide comprehensive care that includes diagnosis and medication management. We have an amazing clinical team and are very proud of the level of care we offer to our patients.

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